Written almost 20 years ago, Emma's Christmas by Irene Trivias should have been a classic! I had, unfortunately, never heard of the book until a few days ago when I pulled it off the shelf to make a Christmas display at work. I'm so glad I was able to read this and hopefully others will go out and read it as well.
Emma's Christmas is a new (well, 20 years ago new) take on the well-known Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Emma, a young farm girl, rejects the proposal of marriage from the local prince, for the simple reason that she cannot see herself living in a big, old castle. She much prefers her farm life. The very next day, a gift of persuasion is sent by the prince: a partridge in a pear tree. Emma thinks it's cute, but still isn't into living in a castle, therefore rejecting the prince again. The next day she receives two turtle doves AND another partridge in a pear tree. On the third day? Three French hens, two turtle doves, and yes....another partridge in a pear tree. On and on we go. By the time the prince is done wooing Emma, she has about a billion new animals living on her farm, so she certainly can't leave now! She has, however, been charmed by the caring and devoted prince and agrees to marry him....if he'll become a farmer! Of course, the two live happily ever after, as do all of their animals.
What's great about this story is that they do not actually sing the infamous song. Your child will still love the story, even if they are not familiar with the somewhat...um...annoying lyrics. It is a sweet story, with a strong female lead character, as well as a cute holiday background. As my first holiday book out of 25, this was a great read!